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    Posted: 18 February 2018 at 20:19
I visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S.) last week trying to do some different kinds of shooting (i.e., people, use of long lens, shooting wide open, use of ultra wide lens for close-up architecture) and some of my "regular' landscape shooting. This is a group I processed during the week while there; another set will come later.

#1 - Musician (a story - I walked into this primitive church early in the morning last Sunday and this gentleman was playing this instrument - absolutely beautiful and melodic. He stated that he worked during the week in a cardiac ward and coming here each Sunday and playing was his way of decompressing).



#2 - Wood Stove



#3 - Door and Window



#4 - Barn and Wagon



#5 - Earth, Trees, Mountains, Sky



#6 - Pebbles Under Stream Water



#7 - Stream Bear Claw



#8 - It is the SMOKIES #1



#9 - It is the SMOKIES #2



#10 - It is the SMOKIES #3



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#6 is very beautiful in my eyes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2018 at 22:50
Wonderful series of images, Roger!

In terms of abstractness of nature I find #5 and #6 outstanding - #6, like a pool of jewels, and the image still allows to recognize the water, but it gives me a new way to understand what "crystal clear" means. #5 is fascinating in its combination of colors - and no more than colors.

#3 and #4 are also fascinating. Along the pattern, through the door, through the window into nature - that's a beautiful journey. And the signs of the time in the wooden structure, the monochrome, show a very special beauty - I don't know whether inanimate objects can have dignity, but that's it what the image is telling me.

Finally I have to mention #9 and #10: #9 as a perfect depiction of a "smoky" landscape and #10 as a dialogue between two trees, one upright and standing still, the other bending and moving.

Admirable work - thank you for sharing it!


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This is a great set, for its aesthetic beauty as well as its diversity. Nice to see this departure and extension from your more familiar work.
Of this wonderful set of images, #1 with that window side-lighting the musician concentrating on his instrument, and #9 rendered in soft charcoal tones are the standouts for me.
Thanks for sharing.

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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

This is a great set, for its aesthetic beauty as well as its diversity. Nice to see this departure and extension from your more familiar work.
Of this wonderful set of images, #1 with that window side-lighting the musician concentrating on his instrument, and #9 rendered in soft charcoal tones are the standouts for me.
Thanks for sharing.

Fully agree. A beautiful set with #1 and 9 on top of my list as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atom Ant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 February 2018 at 06:23
Excellent work Roger.

Personally I'm particularly taken with #5 & #8 - both quite ambitious shots that work very well. #5 has enough detail to give us a surprisingly good idea of the landscape while directing attention firmly to the colours. In #8 the mist & water drops set a lovely stage for the (fractal?) pattern of the foreground with foreground diagonals giving way to verticals in the background.

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The first shot is beautiful and a perfect portrait. I am not sure his hands have enough light on them though, given their apparent importance in the context. Really like it all the same.

Can't quite decide about #6 - I think no, but there is something about it. I'd certainly give that another try. #7 definitely yes though - got the water just right I think. And #5 and #9 both very nicely conceived and executed - with different intents and results obviously. #2 and #3 seem like very nice parts of a larger set but they are good, and the only one that doesn't really work for me is #4, although I find #10 a great concept rather than a good photo.

Always great to see you work a place though - hit or miss, there's nearly always something in a shot I like or admire.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 February 2018 at 13:12
great series!! #6 is not exactly my cuppa (T! looks veeery interesting but lack of focus seems distracting here), all others look great!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 February 2018 at 13:52
I wonder how did you feel Roger shooting that first image?

It is very fine fine image nicely composed and nicely lit. I like it very much. There is serene and peaceful mood all over the image. And the story that goes with it is fitting the image. His music must have been along the lines of the image. The whole "creation" is very soothing.
It looks like people photography is not that hard for you as you might have original thought.
I also like the rest of the set but it is not as much a departure from your usual, which I also enjoy as is the first image.
This image fits fine in your "lonely man" project, right?

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Thanks all for commenting.

Originally posted by svjetlana svjetlana wrote:

I wonder how did you feel Roger shooting that first image? ... There is serene and peaceful mood all over the image. And the story that goes with it is fitting the image. His music must have been along the lines of the image. The whole "creation" is very soothing.
It looks like people photography is not that hard for you as you might have original thought. ... This image fits fine in your "lonely man" project, right?


Svjetlana - This was like conversing with a new friend and this is not at all uncomfortable but this is not the norm for "people" shooting in that he was not a stranger. He was the only person in the church and while there for himself he clearly was also an informal guide in that when I stepped in he immediately asked if I had any questions about the church and asked if I'd like him to move for my photos (his meaning, get out of the way) to which I said "no, quite the contrary, do you mind if I include you in the picture?" I am comfortable with people, find new folks like this gentleman fascinating and interesting (every person has a story) but taking images of strangers is disquieting to me. I cherish my privacy, am a private person, and am projecting that value onto others.

This is not part of my "Lonely Man" series - in that series the man or woman will be very small in the frame and not identifiable (like the image below, a self-portrait by the way).

I appreciate your quite thought provoking comments on this subject in this thread and in others. Thank you.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 February 2018 at 21:02
Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:


...and am projecting that value onto others.


I understand what you mean Roger about privacy and I believe most people are like you. But your quote above is something that says a lot about process that you create by your mind when looking at strangers. They are always perceived as a projection of your mind only not necessary as they truly are.

Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:


This is not part of my "Lonely Man" series - in that series the man or woman will be very small in the frame and not identifiable (like the image below, a self-portrait by the way).
Roger


I see. Was the previous image from your previous post also self-portrait?


Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:


I appreciate your quite thought provoking comments on this subject in this thread and in others. Thank you.

Roger

You are welcome. Hey, isn't it one of the reasons we join Dyxum, to hear a different opinion?
Thank you for posting your images Roger. I like your style in photography,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 February 2018 at 21:08
I'm totally w Svjetlana on #1, an image that will probably stay w you for quite a while. Its a moment many of us photographers live for and energizes our Souls.
You weave in and out between color and B&W w great ease. Well Done! I'm not a big fan of that water effect of #7 but thats just me. Makes me want to see you shoot in a Ghost Town
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Post Options Post Options   Quote aarif Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 February 2018 at 09:52
That first shot love it the soft light wow
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svjetlana - Thanks for your follow-up comment.

Coast and aarif - Thanks for commenting.
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